My second cousin three times removed, William Anyon was born in Rock Ferry, Cheshire, in early 1888, second of the ten children of William and Mary (nee Pates). He was christened at St Peter's church in February of that year. Growing up in Rock Ferry, he was an errand boy by the age of 13. By the 1911 census he was a scrap piler, living in New Ferry.
The next, and final, sighting we have of him is as a Lance Corporal in the 1st Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment, serving in the Somme region of France. He died on 5 September 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, along with so many others.
We will remember them.